Posts from January 2015

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We Are All Barney Fife

by Tom Andel

There was more egg to be scraped off the faces of media types this past Monday than was served up at all Bob Evans restaurants that day. That was the day the “Snowstorm of the Century” was to destroy New York. This monster turned out to be a midget. Although Boston got the brunt of […]

Be a Repeat Repenter

by Tom Andel

God teaches by example through his Son. He taught us how to live, how to die, and everything in between. That everything in between seems like an enormous gulf, but it can be summed up in one word: repentance. Rethinking is another word for what God wants from us throughout our lives. That’s the theme […]

Stranger in Paradise?

by Tom Andel

Many awkward moments can happen at social events, but the topper has to be meeting a “stranger,” only to learn later that you actually knew that person. You play back that meeting in your head and realize how clueless you must have come across to this old acquaintance. Now you know how God must feel—especially […]

Jesus the Baptist

by Tom Andel

This Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord, but once you hear the readings of this mass you might ask “who’s baptizing whom?” John the Baptist says it best in our gospel reading (MK 1:7-11): “I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” This is really a celebration of […]

Damnation is Fear of Faith & Freedom

by Tom Andel

This is Epiphany Sunday. It’s a good time to revisit our understanding of the word epiphany. The dictionary assigns two meanings, one religious and one secular. The first defines epiphany as a Christian festival held in honor of the coming of the three kings to the infant Jesus Christ. The second says an epiphany is […]